Carnew and St Pat’s progress to semis
Battle with Glenealy on the cards in senior semi-final
CARNEW EMMETS will face Glenealy in the Lightning Protection Ireland Wicklow Senior Hurling Championship semi-final after they overcame a dogged Kiltegan outfit in the Aughrim on Saturday evening last.
As the scoreline might suggest, the real difference between the two sides lay in the ability of Carnew to score goals whenever Kiltegan showed signs of getting close.
Alternatively, the western side could justifiably claim that the difference lay in their own tendency to concede preventable goals.
This was another stage on a noticeable upward movement on the graph of Kiltegan improvement.
They had probably the outstanding player on the field in Padraig O’Toole who gave a great display at centre half back and who chipped into their score with a couple of fine long-range points.
Padraig is an outstanding dual player and it is surely a must that he be available for selection for Wicklow hurlers when they begin their league campaign.
However, let’s not overlook the fact that the Emmets won this game by 11 points, a comfortable winning margin in any language. They were led only once, and they achieved the object of the exercise – a place in the semi-final.
The evergreen Timmy Collins got the opening point for Carnew almost from the throw in. Seanie Germaine leveled from a Kiltegan free and the same man put his side ahead for their only time when he converted another free after six minutes.
Two Enda Donohoe points from frees within a minute of each other regained the lead for the Emmets, a lead they were not to relinquish again.
The tempo of the game was not high in these early stages as both sides shot a couple of wides. However, a Padraig Doran goal for Carnew after ten minutes opened up a four-point gap at 1-3 to 0-2.
It seemed to inject more urgency into the Kiltegan play and the western side enjoyed a good spell over the next ten minutes or so.
Seanie Germaine pointed from play, Padraig O’Toole had another from long range and when Germaine pointed another free on 20 minutes Kiltegan were back within a point again.
Then within the space of two minutes Carnew went seven points clear as they netted two goals. Wayne Kinsella soloed through and blasted home the first while Timmye Collins collected a line ball played across field about 20 metres out from the Kiltegan goal, sidestepped his marker making enough space to shoot a ground shot past Luke Byrne in the Kiltegan goal.
This was Carnew’s third goal in a row and knocked back any progress Kiltegan had made. Wayne Kinsella got the final Carnew point of the half while Seanie Germaine from a free and midfielder Padraig Byrne added points for Kiltegan to leave the Emmets 3-4 to 0-7 ahead at the break.
The sides exchanged three points apiece in the opening ten minutes of the second period Padraig Doran got the opening score which was replied to by Kiltegan full-forward Mick Mangan.
A long-range effort from Wayne Kinsella was balanced by a similar effort by midfielder Rory Finn. Kiltegan centre back Padraig O’Toole got his second point of the day but once again Enda Donohoe responded with a pointed free.
Then, just as happened in the first half, Carnew turned the game on its head in the space of two minutes with two further goals.
The first came from the boot of Wayne Kinsella, who guided the ball home past Luke Byrne from close to goal.
Straight from the puck out Carnew were back for full forward John Doyle (Jnr) to finish off goal number five.
With the lead now gone out to 12 points, this effectively finished any prospect of Kiltegan recovering.
However, they continued to battle on and had further points from Seanie Germaine (two frees), Padraig Byrne, JJ Phelan, and wing back Darragh Byrne to bring their final tally to 0-15.
Carnew finished their scoring with two further Enda Donohoe points from frees and two more from Padraig Doran, one of which also came from a free. Both free takers, Enda Donohoe and Seanie Germaine, had uncharacteristic misses from frees during the second half as the game ran out to its predictable conclusion.
Carnew played a containing game, which was understandable with the cushion of goals they enjoyed. Kiltegan took some consolation from the fact that they had almost the same number of scores as their opponents. But goals win games.
Scorers- Carnew Emmets: Wayne Kinsella 2-2, Padraig Dornan 1-3, Enda Donohoe 0-5, Timmy Collins 1-1, John Doyle (jnr) 1-0.
Kiltegan: Seanie Germaine 0-7, Padraig O’Toole 0-2, Padraig Byrne 0-2, Mick Mangan, Rory Finn, JJ Phelan and Darragh 0-1 each.
Carnew’s Jack Doyle gets his shot away during the SHC clash against Kiltegan.
Action from the SHc clash between Carnew Emmets and Kiltegan in Aughrim last Saturday.
Kiltegan’s Seamus Coogan tries to block Carnew’s John Doyle Jnr.